Humanist Voices in Verse: Old Man

This week’s poem is by Chris Roe. Roe is 66 years old and lives in Norfolk, England. His poetry has been published in magazines and websites around the world. In 2008 he published a collection of poems titled In Search of Silence, available on his website at

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Old Man

By your side
There is peace,
A quiet place
Of beauty and realization,
Where wisdom
Seeks reason and understanding,
Where myth is laid to rest
By the reality of knowledge.

By your side
There is hope,
That arrogance and greed
Will not destroy,
That selfless love
Will prevail.

By your side
Life is sacred,
A future
For the children
To unfold.
By your side
In your presence
There is love.